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Physics / Materials Science - Environment - 07.05.2018
Sun protection without blinds
Sun protection without blinds
Summer. Blue sky. Sunshine. But you don't notice much of it in the office or in your home, because the blinds block the view so that the heat stays outside.

Life Sciences - Medicine / Pharmacology - 07.05.2018
Mystery solved: The bacterial protein that kills male fruit flies
Mystery solved: The bacterial protein that kills male fruit flies
An endosymbiotic bacterium, Spiroplasma, specifically kills the males of its fruit-fly host (Drosophila). This has perplexed biologists since the 1950's, but EPFL scientists have now solved the mystery by identifying the gene behind this gender-specific killing. In the fifties, geneticists were faced with a mystery: when two strains of the same fruit fly species (Drosophila) crossed, they only produced female flies instead of the expected 50:50 sex ratio.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 03.05.2018
Rumblings deep down in Mars
Rumblings deep down in Mars
On 5 May the lander 'InSight' will commence its journey to Mars from California. Its aim is to gather data to enable a better understanding of the formation and evolution of the Red Planet. One of the key instruments on the NASA mission is a seismometer, which was developed and built under the lead of France together with Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

Psychology - 02.05.2018
Low Self-Control Influences Smartphone Use
Low Self-Control Influences Smartphone Use
The wide use of smartphones in our working and private lives has led to an unprecedented level of networking between people. Aside from the possibilities that the smartphone offers, there are also side-effects such as distraction while driving or at work. Bern researchers now show that differences in personality in our capacity for self-control can explain whether people react immediately to smartphone signals.

Medicine / Pharmacology - 02.05.2018
Substance in Chinese Medicine can cause cardiac arrhythmia
Substance in Chinese Medicine can cause cardiac arrhythmia
A medicinal plant frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - Evodia rutaecarpa - contains substances that can cause cardiac arrhythmia. This is what researchers from the Universities of Basel, Vienna and Utrecht have recently found out. Extracts of the plant Evodia rutaecarpa are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and vomiting as well as menstrual complaints and ulcers in the mouth area.

Environment - Architecture - 01.05.2018
Why public spaces in European cities are becoming homogenized
Why public spaces in European cities are becoming homogenized
European public spaces are becoming more original, but also more homogeneous. The author of an architecture thesis, written at EPFL, explains this paradox and calls on critics and public authorities to do something about it.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Innovation / Technology - 01.05.2018
Worms in high-tech housing replace laboratory mice
In an effort to improve drug, cosmetic and other chemical product tests, Nagi Bioscience has created a device that automatically grows, feeds, houses and analyzes laboratory worms. This invention will save researchers both time and money and sharply reduce the number of tests that require laboratory rondents.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Chemistry - 30.04.2018
Double-bridged peptides bind any disease target
Double-bridged peptides bind any disease target
EPFL scientists have developed a new type of "double-bridged peptide" that can be tailored to bind tightly to disease targets of interest. The peptides' highly efficient binding, combined with their small size and high stability make them ideal for drug therapies. The work is published. Image:  A model of a double-bridged peptide (the peptide in light blue, the two bridges in yellow).

Chemistry - Physics / Materials Science - 30.04.2018
One step further towards cheap aluminium
One step further towards cheap aluminium
The energy transition depends on technologies that allow the inexpensive temporary storage of electricity from renewable sources. A promising new candidate is aluminium batteries, which are made from cheap and abundant raw materials. Scientists from Maksym Kovalenko's research group, which is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics , are researching and developing batteries made from abundant raw materials.

Earth Sciences - Mathematics - 30.04.2018
600 seismographs listen in on the Alps
600 seismographs listen in on the Alps
Switzerland coordinates an extensive network of 600 seismographs stretching from Perpignan to Prague.

Earth Sciences - 27.04.2018
Soils in Swiss nature reserves contain significant quantities of microplastics
Soils in Swiss nature reserves contain significant quantities of microplastics
It is one of the first research projects into the existence of microplastics in the soil: Scientists at the University of Bern investigated floodplain soils in Swiss nature reserves for microplastics - and made a find. They estimate, that there are around 53 tonnes of microplastics lying in the top five centimetres of the floodplain.

Physics / Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering - 26.04.2018
Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox observed in many-particle system for the first time
Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox observed in many-particle system for the first time
Physicists from the University of Basel have observed the quantum mechanical Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox in a system of several hundred interacting atoms for the first time. The phenomenon dates back to a famous thought experiment from 1935. It allows measurement results to be predicted precisely and could be used in new types of sensors and imaging methods for electromagnetic fields.

Astronomy / Space Science - 26.04.2018
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS sends first colour images from Mars
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS sends first colour images from Mars
The Mars camera CaSSIS on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned its first colour images of the red planet.

Chemistry - Physics / Materials Science - 26.04.2018
Traces in scrap
Traces in scrap
Last year Empa's inorganic analytics lab was granted the status of "Reference Laboratory" within the scope of the ProSUM project, funded by the EU. Fine-grained samples of shredder waste from scrapped cars, e-waste or mine dumps from all over Europe end up here. Empa chemists find out what is in them, what is worth extracting and what could be dangerous for staff at recycling plants.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 26.04.2018
Keeping the soil fit
Keeping the soil fit
Erosion, compaction and a loss of humus and biodiversity are afflicting the soil, thereby endangering the many services it offers for humans and the environment.

Life Sciences - 26.04.2018
Who am I? How cells find their identity
Who am I? How cells find their identity
The research group of Alex Schier, Director of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has investigated more closely how a single embryonic cell develops into a heart, nerve or blood cell. For the first time, the researchers have been able to reconstruct the developmental trajectories of individual embryonic cells.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Computer Science / Telecom - 25.04.2018
New app for ophthalmology clinical trials from home
New app for ophthalmology clinical trials from home
FocalView is a new app developped by Novartis and designed to help ophthalmic clinical trials, making them more accessible and flexible. Using patients' self-recorded measurements, FocalView aims to enable more sensitive trial endpoints and more accurate patient-reported outcomes. The app is freely available to the scientific community.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Mathematics - 25.04.2018
Indications of Psychosis Appear in Cortical Folding
Indications of Psychosis Appear in Cortical Folding
Imaging techniques can be used to detect the development of psychosis in the brains of high-risk patients at an early stage, as reported by researchers from the University of Basel and Western University in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Detecting psychosis early increases the chances of effective treatment.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Environment - 24.04.2018
Parenting Groups Can Improve Child Development
Parenting Groups Can Improve Child Development
Parenting groups in rural communities can improve early childhood development in low-resource settings. These are the findings of a study conducted by Swiss TPH in collaboration with the Boston University and partners in Zambia. The study Many children in lowand middle-income countries do not reach their developmental potential due to malnutrition, infectious diseases and a lack of appropriate stimulation and learning opportunities in their home environment.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Computer Science / Telecom - 24.04.2018
New app for pollen allergy sufferers
New app for pollen allergy sufferers
Pollen season: The new app called Ally Science has been designed for the two million or so allergy sufferers in Switzerland Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and University Hospital Zurich (USZ) are launching the free smartphone app Ally Science on the 24th of April 2018.